Late Summer Reading List

Photo credit: Modern Jane

So although summer is nearly over I thought I would still do a post on the books on my reading list. I mean book aren't only meant to be read in the summer…although most of these books have a slight summer undercurrent too them. As this is a to read list not a review I'll just add a bit of the blurb from amazon.
  1. Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell  - 'a portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976. It's July 1976. In London, it hasn't rained for months, gardens are filled with aphids, water comes from a standpipe, and Robert Riordan tells his wife Gretta that he's going round the corner to buy a newspaper. He doesn't come back.'
  1. The Vacationers by Emma Straub -  'It was set to be the family vacation of a lifetime.From Manhattan to Majorca, two weeks in a remote island villa, with the sort of relaxation, culture and cuisine that only Europe can offer. At least, that was Franny's plan. She wasn't counting on the extra baggage . . .'
  1. Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann - 'Nick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summer heat, sun-bleached boat docks, and midnight gin parties on Martha's Vineyard in a glorious old family estate known as Tiger House. In the days following the end of the Second World War, the world seems to offer itself up, and the two women are on the cusp of their 'real lives'.'
  1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart - 'We are the Liars. We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury. We are cracked and broken. A story of love and romance. A tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth?'

So enjoy reading! x


NEOM Organics Candle

So I love candles, for someone that doesn't find it very easy to relax I think they are great for this. I partly blame my flat mates and for having an unpleasant University flat for my addiction. I have collected many over time, including Diptyque, Jo Malone, and lots from Anthropologie. There is nothing better especially on a rainy autumn day than lighting a candle whilst you do your work or wind down for the night. 

I have been on the search for a candle that smells nice, not like vanilla or cupcakes and that burns for a long time, and is not overly expensive.

Neom Organics candles are 100% natural fragrances. Their large 3 wick candles cost £45 but you can get 15% off your first order. I think the price is decent for such large candles that smell great. I got the candle in the fragrance Real Luxury. I was slightly hesitant of the lavender notes in this candle as I hate lavender scents but it is actually quite mellow and nice. The other notes are jasmine, a personal favourite of mine, and Brazilian rosewood.

They come beautifully packaged with a little booklet about the scents. I have been burning it for a few weeks now, it burns well and the fragrance is strong enough to fill a room.

I would highly recommend them for any candle lovers and they would make amazing gifts. I am now definitely interested to try their other products like the body oils because of their natural ethos and they smell great! 



TV Shows To Make You Feel Better

So sort of random but thought I'd make a post on the best TV to watch when you feel crappy. None of these are highbrow or particularly well made but that's not what this little list is about. 

  1. Friends - this series will never fail to comfort you I think, your probably know it off by heart and thats comforting enough.
  2. Gilmore Girls - this is the best feel good, witty and fun show, I wish Lorelai was my Mum/best friend sometimes.
  3. The Mindy Project - Mindy Kaling never fails to put me in a better mood. She's quirky and has great one liners every girl can relate to.
  4. The B In Apartment 23 - Yes it got cancelled (annoyingly) but Krysten Ritter should be my best friend (as well as the others above) it's short, cute, and funny.
  5. Young and Hungry - A new show, it's awfully cheesy and pretty lame but when your feeling crappy it's a nice short show to take your mind off of things.
  6. Sex And The City - pretty self explanatory but it is a classic.

I haven't linked to any of these but you can find most on Netflix and iTunes, and other places…  

Enjoy x


Life Through The Lens

Life lately through an Instagram filter…or not.

1) This week I made a pretty badass, mood board, pin board thing. I used bits from Poter Magazine which I love, and other postcards and disposable camera pictures I had lying about.

2) The weather this week has been pretty strange. There were crazy electrical storms in London and the South, and one minute it was boiling and the next raining. I opted for Breton striped tee and Topshop matte blue nail polish.   

3) I mean I am cool…You can never pass up watching Parent Trap. I have said it so many times but I just really want to live in a Nancy Meyers movie, please…

4) Kinda strange one as I am not four years old. Been doing a bit of ballet again lately. It is great exercise and creates beautiful long lean muscles, yes I sound weird. I highly recommend checking out Mary Helen Bowers Ballet Beautiful it's ballet inspired workout and you can do it at home. Also check out her Instagram it will convince you to try it so you can look as elegant and poised (hopefully) as her.

Check out my Instagram for more photo's like these here! 

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Kawaii Package

Got a lovely package from Matches Fashion today. And I mean lovely in every sense of the word, the product inside being super cute but the box and all of the packaging was beautiful!

The box was a lovely marbled colourful box so pretty I want to find somewhere to put it in my room.
Inside the box was a great jumper I managed to grab in the sale, it's by Etre Cecile which is an awesome brand. It is in the sale down from 115 pounds to 34! So go get it!

Looks cute with my matte Topshop Nails in Blue Blood.

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Whatever On The Web

Just some articles and web links that I have been loving lately to browse, watch and look at!

I have been loving reading this months The Edit from  Net-A-Porter I am also obsessed with the 90's and anything about 90's supermodels gets my vote. Also may have convinced me to buy PRRTY PEAUSHUN

Obsessed with Giambattista Valli Fall Haute Couture show. Makes me happy about fashion again. The last three gowns are spectacular. View the outfits online at Vogue, just do it, right now.   

The weather in England is pretty odd at the moment, but because it is summer, this article from Harpers Bazaar on Beer Gardens is great for anyone in London. Now you know what to do this weekend.

I am obsessed with anything thats going to give me flawless natural skin so this blog post from Vivianna Does Makeup is great. I think for anyone that is pale that getting a beautiful even complexion is the best thing in terms of make-up.

Last this quote from HBO Girls that I tweeted because it is so true. 


Sunday Styling - Palazzo Pants

I read in a magazine recently that Palazzo Pants are perfect for every woman because they flatter most body shapes. Well the best tips I can give are firstly to make sure they fit well, not too tight round the waist and that the length just skims above your toes (you might have to alter them).

Mine are from Asos, I like the material and fit, although kinda wish they had pockets in the front.

They are seriously comfy for summer. 
Striped top - vintage shop
Bag - Zadig & Voltaire

I wanted to try and style it super casually because I didn't just want to be able to wear these in the summer and that be that.

Trousers still ASOS
Gold Hoops - Vintage
Old beaten up Trainers - could just wear white Converse.
WatchMichael Kors


I had bought them for a summer party where I wore them with wedges which they are perfect with good alternative for people that don't like dresses.

TopTopshop love the scuba thick fabric of this.
Leather Clutch BagOn sale at Cos
Wedges - Old Topshop ones

For my make-up I used some Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser which is my favourite for natural skin.
I used some Loreal Telescopic Mascara, a Charlotte Tilbury lipliner in Iconic Nude and on my lids a bit of MAC eyeshadow in the colour Texture. Texture is a great shade for hazel and brown eyes. For make-up at the moment I'm really loving a 90's inspired natural brown look, a wash of eye shadow on the lids and brown toned nude lipliner. It's quite relaxed and natural.